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USDA official resigns over racial comments

Shirley Sherrod says the administration ‘harassed’ her into quitting over remarks she made at a NAACP event.

From Nextgov.com: DHS moves forward with financial management system

Congress asks senior executives how a White House moratorium on such projects will affect the progress of the $450 million Transformation and Systems Consolidation program.

Report: IT dashboard plagued by outdated data

Watchdog finds website intended to provide near real-time updates on projects’ cost and progress doesn’t have the latest information.

Feds ordered to cut pollution from travel, commuting

White House issues new targets for federal agencies to reduce greenhouse gases from indirect sources.

Lawmaker urges quick Senate action on wartime spending measure

House Armed Services Committee leader breaks with colleagues in advocating a "clean" bill free of extra domestic spending to increase its chances of passage.

Obama to issue policy for managing oceans and coastline

Plan doesn't change regulations for drilling and other activities, but promotes coordinated oversight and disaster response.

Agriculture chief fosters better relationship between EPA and farmers

Regular meetings planned nationwide to improve communication between environmental officials and crop producers.

Census managers fired for falsifying population counts in Brooklyn

The former supervisors could face criminal charges for misconduct.

Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin announced the initiative.

National Guard border deployment begins Aug. 1

Southwest border states will send 1,200 guardsmen to support Homeland Security personnel.

Panelists: Push for transparency must come from the top

Officials also suggest promoting an internal culture of openness before expanding the effort to include sharing information with outsiders.

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